How does the church engage in mission with the local community today?
This question receives many different responses for one simple reason: it is not a simple question.
Simple problems have simple solutions. The question of the church engaging in ethical, effective, authentic and compassionate ways with its local community is one that must begin with this honest acknowledgement: "We don't know."
"I don't know" is a powerful statement. It carries the potential to awaken curiosity.
When we are curious the probability of moving past our assumptions and irrelevant knowledge increases; our mind and heart opens to possibilities for new learning, asking questions, listening to people's stories, leading to adapt our practices and try new things.
The ministry area of New Missions, particularly through our established Mission Experiment Group (MEG), is our attempt to ask questions, learn, experiment, and reflect on Christian engagement with the local community in our part of the world today. Through this framework, we hope to faithfully participate in God’s action and thereby join God in the unfolding work of God’s new creation of hope, peace, compassion, and justice for all in Christ.
Watch this short video from Tod Bolsinger, as he illustrates the challenge the church is facing today.
"New Friends" Coming Soon!
We are excited to announce a new group "New Friends".
This group is being led by the Mission Experiment Group (MEG) and the focus will be to develop meaningful relationships with CALD women who are socially isolated so that God's love might flourish.
Our launch is on International Friendship Day 30th July 2020.
This new group is borne out of a year long discernment process where a small group of people at Southside carefully and deliberately researched various aspects of the local community and identified gaps where we could both be of service to and also significantly learn from others in our community.
To watch our Southside Uniting Time for Kids videos, go to our [YouTube channel](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqSTqaDKa_fUlkjWacjrmlw). The most recent video will be uploaded here each week.
Ps. Richard Moors is our Children's, Youth and Families Pastor and works alongside our Communities and leaders in developing appropriate and life-giving ministry for children, families and youth.
All our people who work with children and youth BlueCard Verified with the Queensland Government and undergo regular Safe Ministry with Children with the Presbytery of South Moreton.
Spiritual Growth covers key elements of the life of the Christian Church, including discipleship, bible studies, developing spiritual leaders and identifying people who have a calling on their lives for future ministry and mission engagement. As One Congregation in multiple locations, Southside seeks to build our unified identity through our spiritual commitment, by developing ourselves to discipleship we can find out more about our identity in Christ and as members of this unique community in the life of our church.
To find out more about Spiritual Growth in Southside Uniting Church or to express your interest in joining a Small Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or via our [enquiries](http://ssuc.org.au/enquiries)page.
Jesus tells us that the church "is the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14).
Southside Uniting Church takes seriously this charge to be active in sharing Christ's love locally, nationally and internationally.
In our Mission and Outreach Podcast, Esteban Lievano, Jock Dunbar and their occasional guests reflect on the nature of outreach in the twenty-first century. [You can watch past episodes here](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqSTqaDKa_fUlkjWacjrmlw/featured?disable_polymer=1).